Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In Faribault: Fabulous art finds at fantastic prices June 13, 2014

EVERY YEAR I LOOK forward to shopping this art sale.

Originals and prints fill the gallery walls.

Originals and prints fill the gallery walls.

What others no longer want, and then donate to this fundraiser, may find a place on my walls, in my home.

Thursday, opening day of the sale, the gallery was stuffed with art.

Thursday, opening day of the sale, the gallery was stuffed with art.

Today marks day two of the three-day Faribault Mural Society’s yearly Recycled Art Sale at the Paradise Center for the Arts in downtown Faribault. And the Carlander Family Gallery is overflowing with second-hand art from prints to originals.

Even pottery is available for purchase.

Even pottery is available for purchase.

Plus, you’ll find pottery and glassware, garden art, frames, mirrors, art books and more.

Portraits are among the offerings.

Portraits are among the offerings. This is one of a pair.

I shopped for a half hour Thursday evening, but, much to my dismay, did not find a piece of art I simply had to have. Perhaps a second run-through is necessary.

In past years I’ve scored some really great finds, including an oil on burlap by noted Mexican artist Jose Maria de Servin; LathArt by Dutch artist Theodore de Groot; and two original floral paintings.

Kitschy bargain art plaques are among the art choices.

Kitschy bargain art plaques are among the art choices.

All were purchased at bargain prices ranging from $7 – $15. Other than a thrift store or an estate/garage/yard sale, I’ve not found fine original art this reasonably priced locally.

I’ve also bought art here for my daughter and son.

I expect this original watercolor of the Faribault High School marching band may interest a Faribault native.

I expect this original watercolor of the Faribault High School marching band by James Zotalis may interest a Faribault native.

So if you’re looking for a one-stop shopping place to possibly acquire recycled art, you’ve got time yet to browse this gallery from noon to 5 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday at the Paradise, 321 Central Avenue North.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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9 Responses to “In Faribault: Fabulous art finds at fantastic prices”

  1. I am drawn to the art as well as the frames in sales like these 🙂 I also use crockery and vases to store kitchen utensils, pencils, hair brushes, etc. – pretty it up a bit. Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

  2. hotlyspiced Says:

    This looks well worth a visit. I love the watercolour of the marching band. The prices for the art seem more than reasonable xx

  3. Dan Traun Says:

    To breath new life into some piece of art or simply extend it with a new owner, that is a great idea.

  4. We came, we saw, we purchased. Thanks for letting us know about this sale.

    • You are most welcome. I should have come back, because I’m sure I missed a piece of art that would have fit our home. But I made up for that with a great find at an estate sale. A post will be forthcoming on that.

  5. Cindy Pulsipher Says:

    I live in Nevada, and have 3 original watercolors by James Zotalis. Let me know if anyone would like to purchase.


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